In this guide we will go over a few options for recording a high-quality video from Quarantine.
What to Record On
The majority of individuals will use a computer webcam or smartphone to record. HD 1080p video cameras may be used, if available.
Use your smartphone if…
You have an iPhone, Samsung, or Google Pixel released in the last 3 years, AND a way of mounting it steadily (not handheld)
Use your webcam if…
You do not have a smartphone available or are unable to mount your smartphone horizontally while keeping it completely still, or have an older smartphone or non-flagship smartphone.
Use a video camera if…
It is 1080p or better and you know how to use it, it can be held completely still, as well as know how to transfer footage onto your computer.
Basic Setup & Best Practices
Set your camera up facing a preferably clean area of your home or apartment - one you would not mind being visible to the public.
Do not set your camera up with the lens facing a window or door that light is coming through, and be aware of reflections off of those surfaces if recording while dark.
Avoid showing brand images, television sets, and computer monitors as these may cause flickers or need to be blurred during editing.
Behind the camera, a large light source facing the speaker is preferred. This could be a window with a white sheet in front of it or a lamp or light fixture. The goal for this is to get smooth, even light across the face of the subject - the right side of the first picture below (via Sigma Blog). The second picture (via Alexa Rohn) is a great example setup - a camera facing away from the window and a source of diffusion over the window like a sheet
If recording on a smartphone, use the default camera app on the highest quality setting possible
If recording on a webcam, both Windows and MacOS have native camera apps. Use the highest quality settings available.
Positioning in Frame
We’re going to reference the images below quite a bit. This is called the Rule of Thirds, and you can learn more about it as well as view the credit for the image here.
Position yourself standing or sitting straight up and away from the camera so that your eyes are near the top horizontal line, and there is approximately 1-2 inches of the air above your head visible at the top of the frame (as shown in the picture on the right via Mudturtle).
Also mimicking the below image, put the center of your head near either the left or right vertical line. Face towards and look at the camera, and pan your body slightly toward the other end of the frame.
Notice the woman below centered on the left vertical line and her shoulder/body mass slightly facing the right side of frame.
Audio wise: the space should be as quiet as possible, with furniture and carpet around to reduce echo. Close ALL windows and doors, and put pets and children in another room, if possible.
That's it, get recording!
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